Courses: Perspectives in Biology: Poisons, Plagues, Pollution and Progress (BIOLH121A01)

Fall 2013

This class will focus on the various nodes of intersection between poisons - found in nature and man-made - and the history of human misery. We will review the catastrophic effects on human physiology of the plagues that have cycled through our population every few decades, often decimating our numbers as a species. We shall also discuss the modes of poisoning contrived of our own making - such as the Gulf of Mexico oil spill of 2010 and subsequent mop-up effort. We will envisage future scenarios in which our species will have to face the action of poisons & plagues, and the various defense strategies our bodies (and our technology) will deploy in hopes of survival.

Fulfills: NA II Limit:30


Biology (Web site)

Taught By

Justine Melo (Profile)


Haverford, Shrp 217

Meeting Times

MWF 10:30-11:30